Pfungwa Nyamukachi

Research Africa: Regional Subscriptions & Training Executive for Africa region February 2011 – current Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Research Africa is a growing social enterprise that has been in existence since 2005 and started as a consortium initiative of southern African university research management body SARIMA, the Association of Commonwealth Universities in the UK and our parent company Research Ltd with seed-funding that was provided by DFID. Working across the continent, publish an online platform that connects researchers in Africa with funders of research. In addition Research Africa runs workshops aimed at training of research managers, and especially emerging researchers and academics in research grant proposal. ( ) Research Africa is also a communications partner an EU-Africa CAASTNET-PLUS project aimed at improving EU-Africa-Caribbean relations in the area of research management, science and technology ( . Pfungwa, a Zimbabwean, is a graduate of the University of Pretoria where she received a merit bursary to complete her Honours degree. Pfungwa, went on to pursue, and successfully complete, a Masters in Administration. She is passionate about all things pan-African and interested in projects leading sustainable development on the continent. Pfungwa serves on the SA Board of Trustees for Canon Collins Educational and Legal Assistance Trust, a UK- and SA-based trust established in honour of its founder, Canon John Collins, which awards tertiary scholarships to aspiring scholars and researchers in Southern Africa. The Trust recently expanded its range of charitable objectives, and is committed to higher education; public interest law, particularly on behalf of poor people; and to research into law and legal systems ( )

Posts by Pfungwa Nyamukachi:

Can the glove fit? My take on the African university rankings debate

University rankings always generate huge interest globally. The so-called winners turn them into marketing fodder to attract talented students and staff, and the ‘losers’ plot how to improve their rankings in future years. Before this year, Africa was the only continent whose universities did not feature in global leagues tables. However, in July, Times Higher… Read More

Conference season for African research managers begins!

May is a bustling month for African research managers as they review their past year’s performance, and strive for excellence, relevance and increased support from governments. What’s more, it also marks the beginning of conference season. The Southern African Research Innovation Association (SARIMA) and the Central Africa Research Innovation Association (CARIMA), two of Africa’s four… Read More

Beating the first-time jitters: How to write a winning research grant proposal

Banothile Makhubela, a 30-year-old chemist, postdoctoral research fellow and lecturer at the University of Cape Town, won her first grant last year. It was a R500,000 (US$43,500) career-advancement grant from the National Research Foundation of South Africa that will help fund a five-year research project that she leads. The grant will be released in annual… Read More